70th Birthday Party Ideas
By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner
Get ideas for party invitations, surprises, decorations, food & drink, and styling.
If you're tired of the same old clichéd party ideas, and are looking for something more inspiring or just a little bit different, this site is packed with original and creative party ideas. I'm Matt James, an award-winning professional event planner who has produced events for many celebrities including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney, among others (read more). On this site I'll share professional tips, advice, and trade secrets—that anyone can do—in order to add some creative touches to your party or celebration; whatever your budget. Note that this site does contains affiliate links to products. We may recieve a small commission on any sales (at no extra cost to you).
Once people have passed their 60th, they may well feel less like having a big party to celebrate their birthday. Quite often, they don't really want a huge fuss made. But that isn't an excuse not to make an effort. You still want to put plenty of thought into everything, so that you make the birthday boy / girl feel special.
You don't have to 'go big' to make their 70th birthday memorable. Instead, concentrate on making everything as personal as possible by including choice memories, a few sentimental moments, and plenty of nostalgia. Make it all about celebrating the person and their life.
Whatever you do, don't be too literal with a 'turning 70' theme. The last thing the guest of honour will probably want to see are lots of tacky party-store balloons, decorations, and tableware with 70 printed all over them. There's really no need to focus so much on their age. Be respectful and celebrate the person, not their age.
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Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, amoung others. Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Matt is also a guest lecturer at various university Event Management degree courses and is the author of Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals; the ultimate career guide for anyone who wants to get into event planning. Read full bio here.
70th Birthday Party Ideas
by an award-winning professional party planner